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Euro Corporate Bond Fund

A diversified investment grade corporate fund with a focus on security selection.

ISIN LU1032541242 Bloomberg TRPECQA:LX

3YR Return Annualised
(View Total Returns)

Total Assets
(EUR)

2.58%
€216.5m

1YR Return
(View Total Returns)

Manager Tenure

6.51%
5yrs

Information Ratio
(5 Years)

Tracking Error
(5 Years)

0.30
0.82%

Inception Date 11-Feb-2014

Performance figures calculated in EUR

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30-Sep-2019 - David Stanley, Portfolio Manager,
We expect volatility in the European corporate bond market to remain relatively low in the near term. The technical backdrop will likely continue to be supportive due to ongoing strong demand amid still ultra-low and negative government yields. The European Central Bank (ECB) stimulus, which is starting in November, will provide a further boost. However, the size of the ECB’s monthly purchases would not prevent spread widening should the market experience a geopolitical shock or noticeable deterioration in corporate fundamentals.
David Stanley
David Stanley, Portfolio Manager

David Stanley is a portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division at T. Rowe Price, responsible for European corporate bond selection. Mr. Stanley is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

 

Strategy

Investment Objective

To maximise the value of its shares through both growth in the value of, and income from, its investments. The fund invests mainly in a diversified portfolio of corporate bonds that are denominated in euro.

Investment Approach

  • Focus primarily on corporate bonds denominated in euros.
  • Integrate proprietary credit and capital markets research to identify market inefficiencies.
  • Add value primarily through individual security selection, sector rotation and term-structure positioning.
  • Credit research is the most important element of our corporate bond process and includes credit analysis and relative value assessment.
  • Risk management is central to our process with diversification by issuer and industry the most important elements in our approach to risk management.

Portfolio Construction

  • Fully hedged back to euro
  • Duration is maintained within a range of +/- 0.25 of a year from the benchmark
  • Diversified sector exposure
  • Maximum 3% overweight per issuer
  • Maximum of 20% of the portfolio can be invested in non-investment grade issues
  • Average tracking error expected to range between 100 and 150 bps per annum

Performance (Class Q)

Annualised Performance

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 6.51% 2.58% 2.74% 3.40%
Indicative Benchmark % 6.10% 2.36% 2.56% 3.21%
Excess Return % 0.41% 0.22% 0.18% 0.19%

Inception Date 11-Feb-2014

Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates Bond Index EUR

Data as of  31-Oct-2019

  1 YR 3 YR
Annualised
5 YR
Annualised
Since Inception
Annualised
Fund % 6.95% 2.48% 2.94% 3.53%
Indicative Benchmark % 6.13% 2.19% 2.69% 3.30%
Excess Return % 0.82% 0.29% 0.25% 0.23%

Inception Date 11-Feb-2014

Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates Bond Index EUR

Data as of  30-Sep-2019

Performance figures calculated in EUR

Recent Performance

  Month to DateData as of 08-Nov-2019 Quarter to DateData as of 08-Nov-2019 Year to DateData as of 08-Nov-2019 1 MonthData as of 31-Oct-2019 3 MonthsData as of 31-Oct-2019
Fund % -0.33% -0.74% 6.53% -0.41% -0.25%
Indicative Benchmark % -0.35% -0.56% 6.19% -0.21% -0.34%
Excess Return % 0.02% -0.18% 0.34% -0.20% 0.09%

Inception Date 11-Feb-2014

Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates Bond Index EUR

Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates Bond Index EUR

Performance figures calculated in EUR

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.  Source for fund performance: T. Rowe Price. Fund performance is calculated using the official NAV with dividends reinvested, if any. The value of an investment and any income from it can go down as well as up. Investors may get back less than the amount invested. It will be affected by changes in the exchange rate between the base currency of the fund and the subscription currency, if different. Sales charges (up to a maximum of 5% for the A Class), taxes and other locally applied costs have not been deducted and if applicable, they will reduce the performance figures. 

Where the base currency of the fund differs from the share class currency, exchange rate movements may affect returns.

30-Sep-2019 - David Stanley, Portfolio Manager,
Euro-denominated corporate bonds posted positive returns in September. Spreads ended marginally wider with yields rising, primarily due to moves in underlying government bonds. The month featured a range of positive and negative geopolitical headlines, but monetary easing by major central banks had the biggest influence on investor sentiment. Within the portfolio, security selection drove relative gains with our holdings in the industrials sector leading the way. General Electric stood out in the sector when it rebounded from weakness in August; helped by positive steps in the company’s deleveraging plans, it made a favourable impact on relative performance in September. Elsewhere, our financial sector exposure also boosted our relative returns. Our overall asset allocation was broadly neutral over the month.

Holdings

Issuers

Top
Issuers
10
Top 10 Issuers 18.97% Was (31-Aug-2019) 20.03%
Other View Top 10 Issuers

Monthly data as of 30-Sep-2019

Holdings

Total
Holdings
198
Largest Holding Allianz 1.58% Was (30-Jun-2019) 0.00%
Top 10 Holdings 12.34%
Other View Full Holdings Quarterly data as of 30-Sep-2019

Quality Rating View quality analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Quality Rating BBB A
By % 15.92% -21.54%
Fund 67.31% 14.06%
Indicative Benchmark 51.38% 35.60%

Average Credit Quality

N/A

Monthly Data as of 31-Oct-2019
Indicative Benchmark:  Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates Bond Index EUR

Sources for Credit Quality Diversification: Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's (S&P) split ratings (i.e. BB/B and B/CCC) are assigned when the Moody's and S&P ratings differ. Short-Term holdings are not rated.

Maturity View maturity analysis

  Largest Overweight
Maturity 3-5 Years
By % 26.35%
Fund 26.35%
Indicative Benchmark 0.00%

Weighted Average Maturity

5.41 Years

Monthly Data as of 31-Oct-2019
Indicative Benchmark:  Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates Bond Index EUR

Duration View duration analysis

  Largest Overweight Largest Underweight
Duration Under 1 Year 1-3 Years
By % 5.74% -9.26%
Fund 6.07% 16.02%
Indicative Benchmark 0.32% 25.28%

Weighted Average Duration

N/A

Monthly Data as of 31-Oct-2019
Indicative Benchmark:  Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates Bond Index EUR

Countries

Total
Countries
27
Largest Country United States 18.49% Was (30-Sep-2019) 18.99%
Other View complete Country Diversification

Monthly Data as of 31-Oct-2019

Indicative Benchmark: Bloomberg Barclays Euro-Aggregate: Corporates Bond Index EUR

Largest Overweight

Spain
By4.48%
Fund 10.32%
Indicative Benchmark 5.84%

Largest Underweight

France
By-15.92%
Fund 5.00%
Indicative Benchmark 20.91%

Monthly Data as of 31-Oct-2019

30-Apr-2017 - David Stanley, Portfolio Manager,
We maintain underweight allocations to France, and Germany in favour of overweight positions in the Spain and Italy.

Team (As of 31-Aug-2019)

David Stanley

David Stanley is a portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Division at T. Rowe Price, responsible for European corporate bond selection. Mr. Stanley is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price International Ltd.

Mr. Stanley has 32 years of investment experience, 16 of which have been at T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining the London team in 2003, he was employed by Bank of America Capital Management, where he was a director and portfolio manager responsible for the analysis of international corporate bonds and cash investments. Prior to working for Bank of America, Mr. Stanley was employed for eight years in Morgan Stanley Asset Management's London office, where he served as a fixed income fund manager responsible for international corporate bonds.

Mr. Stanley earned a B.A. in economics and social studies from the University of Manchester.

  • Fund manager
    since
    2014
  • Years at
    T. Rowe Price
    16
  • Years investment
    experience
    32

Fee Schedule

Share Class Minimum Initial Investment and Holding Amount Minimum Subsequent Investment Minimum Redemption Amount Sales Charge (up to) Investment Management Fee (up to) Ongoing Charges
Class A €15,000 €100 €100 5.00% 90 basis points 1.07%
Class I €2,500,000 €100,000 €0 0.00% 40 basis points 0.50%
Class Q €15,000 €100 €100 0.00% 40 basis points 0.57%
Class Sd €10,000,000 €0 €0 0.00% 0 basis points 0.10%

Please note that the Ongoing Charges figure is inclusive of the Investment Management Fee and is charged per annum.

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GIPS® Information

T. Rowe Price ("TRP") claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®). TRP has been independently verified for the twenty one- year period ended June 30, 2017 by KPMG LLP. The verification report is available upon request. Verification assesses whether (1) the firm has complied with all the composite construction requirements of the GIPS standards on a firm-wide basis and (2) the firm's policies and procedures are designed to calculate and present performance in compliance with the GIPS standards. Verification does not ensure the accuracy of any specific composite presentation.

TRP is a U.S. investment management firm with various investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, and other regulatory bodies in various countries and holds itself out as such to potential clients for GIPS purposes. TRP further defines itself under GIPS as a discretionary investment manager providing services primarily to institutional clients with regard to various mandates, which include U.S, international, and global strategies but excluding the services of the Private Asset Management group.

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